You can stack more spheres on a square array of spheres than on a triangular arrangement of spheres. The packing density, however, will be the same.
THINGS TO TRY
Rotate and Zoom in 3D
The related cannonball problem is to stack a square number of spheres into a square pyramid. The solution is to pack 4900 spheres in a pyramid with side length 24.
the Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Embed Interactive Demonstration
More details »
Download Demonstration as CDF »
Download Author Code »
More by Author
Filling a Cube Seven Parts at a Time
An Infinite Tree of Circles or Spheres
The Volume of the Regular Octahedron Is Four Times the Volume of the Regular Tetrahedron
Rectangles Reasonably Close to a Given Area
Ed Pegg Jr
Balancing a Can on Its Edge
Sijia Liang (Beloit College) and Bruce Atwood (Beloit College)
Volume of a Cylindrical Hoof
3D Algebra Blocks
David L. Srebnick
Volume and Surface Area of the Menger Sponge
Sam Chung and Kevin Hur
Volume and Surface Area of the Intersection of Two Spheres
Idir Expósito Gómez
How Many Gallons in My Pool?
Ed Pegg Jr
Browse all topics
The #1 tool for creating Demonstrations
and anything technical.
Explore anything with the first
computational knowledge engine.
The web's most extensive
Course Assistant Apps »
An app for every course—
right in the palm of your hand.
Wolfram Blog »
Read our views on math,
science, and technology.
Computable Document Format »
The format that makes Demonstrations
(and any information) easy to share and
STEM Initiative »
Programs & resources for
educators, schools & students.
Join the initiative for modernizing
Step-by-Step Solutions »
Walk through homework problems one step at a time, with hints to help along the way.
Wolfram Problem Generator »
Unlimited random practice problems and answers with built-in step-by-step solutions. Practice online or make a printable study sheet.
Wolfram Language »
Knowledge-based programming for everyone.
Note: Your message & contact information may be shared with the author of any specific Demonstration for which you give feedback.
© 2018 Wolfram Demonstrations Project & Contributors |
Note: To run this Demonstration you need Mathematica 7+ or the free Mathematica Player 7EX
Download or upgrade to
Mathematica Player 7EX
I already have